08 November 2008

Arts and Crafts 2

Wood firings at the studio take three days to load and fire. It then takes another three days for things to cool before we can unload. Unfortunately we had to work in the rain, which is not swell when the object of the whole process is to get things real hot and bone dry. Oh well, we'll make do.

These are the pots I built for the occasion. Everything this time around is hand built.

This is about half the pots we will stack in our 40 cubic foot kiln.

This is the first layer of shelves. As you can see, this kiln is in pretty bad shape. The studio is currently trying to raise the $50,000 it will take to build a new one. They should have started saving when it was originally built, but I guess you live and learn.

This is what it looks like packed with the bag walls up. I like to put my pieces where they will receive the most amount of fire and ash.

We bricked the door to end the day. We will seal the cracks tomorrow morning and get the fires going by 7:00.


Shibaguyz said...

What a wonderfully monstrous kiln! I'm such a geek for this kind of thing. You must come up with some wonderful creations. Can't wait to see the results!

Laura-Jane - Whimfield said...

I know nothing about pottery et al. But I do know that this post is making me want to know more!

I imagine that molding clay(?) feels sooo good on the hands. Like baking bread.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Whimfield Farm Blog

Daniel said...


Truly inspiring. I appreciate seeing the step-by-step in photos. You've left me on the edge of my seat wondering how the end will be sealed and still be able to "undo" the door when the firing is done. Can't wait to see/learn more!

Dan of Henbogle

meg's mom said...

Really nice work Kelly, can't wait to see the finished product.

Patsi said...

Wow !!
A serious artisan.
Beautiful work.
Glad I stumbled upon you.